scanner recomendation

Discussion in 'Scanners' started by BobF, Mar 25, 2006.

  1. BobF

    BobF Guest

    I was thinking of getting the HP 4890 scanner for all-round use... it does
    larger slides as well and I have some 2 1/4 I would like to scan as well as 35.
    The spec says it will do 16 - 35mm slides at once.

    Anyone have experience with this one? How about the software dust removal and
    color correction?

    BobF, Mar 25, 2006
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  2. I don't know about that particular model, but in my short experience, the
    dust removal software tends to soften the scanned image somewhat....I find
    brushing the film off with a fine sable artists brush, and blowing it off
    with an air bulb is a much better solution. Then, In Photoshop, I can
    further remove any specks with their retouching tools.....Sometimes I remove
    "specks" that were really there in the original photograph, such as a
    blackbird in the distance causing a black speck in an otherwise clear blue
    sky, or a piece of Kleenex tissue floating on a pond, or on the sidewalk or
    lawn......Anything that might distract from the beauty of the original image
    can be removed very easily, usually in only a minute or two......
    William Graham, Mar 25, 2006
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  3. I have just looked at the specs of this machine, as well as the more
    expensive 8500 flatbed scanner.....They both look like pretty nice machines.
    My only hesitation would be in the focusing....My KM 5400 film scanner
    focuses each slide during the preliminary set up, and then does a
    comprehensive scan afterward....I don't think a flatbed scanner has this
    capability....That is, it assumes all the media will be in the same focus
    while laying inert on the bed of the scanner. This might be an issue with
    flatbeds that you wouldn't have with film scanners........
    William Graham, Mar 25, 2006
  4. I would look at this for 35mm plus larger formats, Pretty nice,
    but almost as high priced as a film scanner. Actually it has a
    dedicated bed for film and a flatbed.

    I bought a prime film 3600 and it does a great job, but it would
    be nice to be able to scan medium format too.

    I just wonder though, sometime when 2 things are combined in a
    product, they end up not doing either well.
    Rusty Shakleford, Mar 25, 2006
  5. BobF

    Matt Clara Guest

    After several bad experiences with HP gear, I won't be buying any more, nor
    would I recommend anything from the company. Look at the Epson line of
    scanners, in particular, the 4990. It's twice what the one you are thinking
    about getting, but it's the best out there short of spending many hundred
    more, too.
    Matt Clara, Mar 25, 2006
  6. BobF

    BobF Guest

    I'm hoping that the scanner has some leeway in it's focus area, since some of
    these old slides are curved... right now I do 2 at a time in my Canon flatbed,
    and I'm sure it doesn't focus... it's like a photo copier, the focus is fixed.

    The only drawback I can think of is that the range the machine will pick will
    encompass all of the slides as an average, so some will be dark and some washed

    But since I'm slowly getting out of film, a film scanner would become useless to
    me in a while, the flatbed won't. I hope!
    BobF, Mar 26, 2006
  7. BobF

    BobF Guest

    A bit above my budget...
    Sounds like my ex...
    BobF, Mar 26, 2006
  8. BobF

    BobF Guest

    Isn't it interesting how people have brand loyalty? I used to dislike HP but
    their newer products, especially the large format printer I have, really impress
    me. Far better than the Canon printer I had.

    After having defective Canon printers and movie cameras, and a flaky scanner, I
    won't buy anymore Canon.

    I haven't tried Epson yet, but I'll check it out!
    BobF, Mar 26, 2006
  9. This is true....I doubt if I will ever leave film, so the film scanner was
    just the thing for me.....I've got a lifetime of slides to put through it.
    Also, all of my stuff is 35 mm. A flatbed will scan any size film....even 8
    x 10's. The flatbed must have some real, finite depth of field....Either
    that, or they auto focus during the preliminary scan just like the film
    scanner does....Otherwise, you can do all your touch up work after importing
    the scanned image into Photoshop the same as I do with the film scanner. I
    am amazed at how fast you can remove dust specks and scratches and stuff
    from color images with Photoshop....I can remember my father retouching
    negatives (black & white) with sharp knives, and brushes & India ink. - It
    was a long and hard job....It's too bad he didn't live to see how easy it is
    today, and in color yet.....
    William Graham, Mar 26, 2006
  10. I remember when HP came out with their HP-35 pocket calculator back in the
    70's. It cost $400, but it was very well made, and it was the first pocket
    sized machine that could really do transcendental functions, and it made the
    slide rule obsolete. I swore by their products after that. then, a few years
    later, they started to produce some real crappy junk, and the wonderful
    image they created fell into disrepute. Now, they are making a comeback with
    some of their consumer printing and scanning equipment. I sometimes wonder
    if corporate managers fully realize just how much business they can lose by
    letting their images deteriorate.
    William Graham, Mar 26, 2006
  11. The crap really hit the fan/product with the fracture of the company into
    Agilent [the old hp] and hp [the new hp] and the arival of Carly Fiorina.

    hp's product support really has me PO'ed. 3 years after they stop making
    a product they drop support - their old driver doesn't work with Billy's
    new bug fix and too bad - their suggested solution is to buy a new printer
    or scanner from hp.

    The fix is to buy new equipment from someone else.
    Nicholas O. Lindan, Mar 26, 2006
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